The cats and kittens at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region received some soft and colorful additions for their enclosures.
Donated handmade blankets were stacked up Thursday at the animal shelter.
The project started and spread on social media sites when Wendy Carson, 35, sent out a post on Twitter about her most recent fiber arts project.
“I get into crocheting fits,” she said.
One of her followers said that the felines at the shelter always need blankets.
The idea took off. Donations of handmade blankets have been trickling in since the effort started weeks ago. Although most of the 67 blankets were dropped off Thursday, others were shipped earlier and some are en route.
Carson said she had about 30 people on her list who said they planned to contribute to the effort.
Most of the blankets are 18 inches square, knitted or crocheted in a rainbow mix of colors.
Bonnie Simon, 43, said her two recently adopted kittens Patience and Pickles “helped” with the blanket she made.
“We would have made more, but there was a lot of chewing on the needles,” she said.
She plans to keep making them.
“It’s easy to make blankets and it’s a great way to learn,” Simon said.
Carson doesn’t have cats, but she wants one. Her dog isn’t to keen on the idea, she said, adding that her desire to have a cat probably fueled the project.
Donations of blankets are fairly regular, said Katie Borremans, associate director of communication at the humane society. However, this is the first large grassroots effort, she said.
“We go through so many blankets,” Borremans said. “We can never have too many.”
Carson said she’s proud of how the concept grew out of a simple online post, adding that it’s important to give back.
“It’s one of my favorite things to do,” she said. “These guys work so hard taking care of all the animals.”
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